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Henry Percy Pickerill

Officers and staff of the New Zealand Section, the Queen's Hospital, Sidcup, 1918. William Henry James Poole far left; Herbert Robert Cole, back row 2nd from left. George William Thomson, back row, 4th from left. Sitting (from left): Captain J.M. Turner NZDC; Captain S.D. Rhind MC, NZMC; Sister McBeth; Major H.P. Pickerill NZMC; Sister Finlayson, Captain AMcP Marshall NZMC; Captain WS Seed NZDC. Isidor Meltzer seated cross legged. Published in Captain Rhind's memoir Plastic Facio-Maxillary Surgery). Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-2003-1-67. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Officers and staff of the New Zealand Section, the Queen's Hospital, Sidcup, 1918. William Henry Jam …


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  • Forenames
    Henry Percy AWMM
  • Surname
    Pickerill AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Henry Pervical AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/2961 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 August 1879 AWMM HerefordHerefordshire AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
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  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Mabel Louise Pickerill (wife), "Hazelwell", Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 30 December 1916 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 4 children AWMM


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Training and Enlistment

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    WW1 Unknown AWMM Medical practitioner AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Husband of Mabel and then from December 1934 Cecily Mary Wise Pickerill nee Clarkson (1903-1988)

    He established a medical unit for the treatment of facial and jaw injuries at No.2 New Zealand General Hospital at Walton-on-Thames. On arrival back in Dunedin in 1919, he continued the unit, and resumed his position as Dean of the Dental School at the University of Otago.

    Doctor Pickerill pioneered the use of bone, skin and fat grafting and jaw wiring in the treatment of servicemen with severe facial injuries inflicted in the trenches. (150 Alumni Heroes, The University of Otago Magazine) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 August 1956 AWMM
    Upper HuttWellington AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Obituary: Dominion, 11 August 1956 AWMM
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  • H.p. Pickerill, was a great man and did so much for NZ. Our soldiers and our children also training his wife Who did so much for NZ children (see A DAme We Knew, a tribute to Dame Cecily Pickerill) B Harris. Dr HPP your ideas are being reinvented as we speak.! Causes of Dental caries today, sounds like a new event! You were first and the best n NZ. As Swee Tan has said, without our pioneers where would we be now. Sorry you were left alone on your voyage to Australia but glad seven years later you found Cecily and You and she were so good together. Beryl. H
    Public - Beryl - Researcher - 2 June 2016
  • Thank you for your incredible contribution in helping to make a difference to the lives of men injured and disfigured during WW1.
    Public - Kirsty - Other Relative - 19 April 2015



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  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • Pat Clarkson Medical Practitioner Research Project (January 2014 - March 2022). This project identified Medical Practioners who served in WWI. AWMM
    • Pat Clarkson Medical Practitioner Research Project (January 2014 - March 2022). This project identified Medical Practioners who served in WWI. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      49: 21 AWMM
    • Dominion Post AWMM
      Obituary: Dominion, 11 August 1956 AWMM
    • Meikle, M. (2013). Reconstructing faces : The art and wartime surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowlem. Dunedin : Otago University Press. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Thomson, G.W. (1914-1918) G.W. Thomson photographs. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-2003-1. AWMM


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02 June 2016BerylUpper huttResearcher
19 April 2015KirstyAucklandOther Relative

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